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Last Updated Monday 14 Aug. 2017 UTC
Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary, so that routine readers will not have to scroll-down far. Time is UTC-GMT. Updates as frequently as possible (recently around once per week; in the past daily; the future is unwritten). This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-ongoing-saga-82-news-updates-more/ Recent post titles for the Mining Awareness blog should appear listed either to the side or at the bottom, depending on your device.

75 Years After the Battle for Midway, a US turning point victory during World War II, the battle site is a US Marine Monument-Animal Refuge. Trump wants to unprotect it to allow drilling for oil and gas-mining. See more and how to comment further below.

link: http://youtu.be/un9y70Dw9Rc

Scientists keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on the Oct. 2015 multi-government-funded study of nuclear workers, cancer risk appears around 15 times higher than even BEIR VII (ca 2005) concluded, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks. There are well-known risks of heart disease and cataracts, too. Cataract-heart disease damage occurs at lower doses than previously admitted, as well.

While it has become popular to talk about ROS damage from radiation (e.g. Timothy Mousseau), ROS occurs in everyday life in contrast to radiation induced clustered DNA damage which is unique to radiation-damage and nearly impossible to correctly repair: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_oxygen_species. Clustered DNA damage is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585. “The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage: https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf More here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/on-the-unique-dna-damage-done-by-ionizing-radiation-nuclear-materials-and-on-metting-hultgren-et-al-misleading-the-us-congress-in-this-matter/

A Russian Gov owned Rosatom subsidiary is trying to get an exemption to use its nuclear fuel in US reactors. It doesn’t want to tell what the fuel rods are made of, either, which matters for operating and waste safety. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/putins-nuclear-fuel-co-wants-exemption-to-fuel-illinois-reactors-with-help-of-exelon-ge-toshiba-hitachi-and-us-nrc/ We have been unable to find updates.

There are US National Marine Monuments on the chopping block by Trump. Comment Deadline Extended to August 15th 11.59 EDT: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001 They make it clear that it is for oil, gas and mining interests: “The opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production from the Outer Continental Shelf, in addition to any impacts on production in the adjacent region.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001

The endangered area includes the site of the Battle of Midway, now a Wildlife Refuge: US Fisheries and Wildlife Service Commemoration of the 75 years of the Battle of Midway, Video link here: http://youtu.be/un9y70Dw9Rc
In June 1942, the Battle of Midway took place 100 to 200 miles north of Midway Atoll. Four Japanese aircraft carriers and one American carrier were sunk, and the Japanese military was forced to withdraw from a planned invasion. . . . The Battle of Midway is considered the most decisive U.S. victory and is referred to as the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Midway Atoll has since been designated as a National Memorial to the Battle of Midway.” http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/maritime/midway.html Note that the battle was offshore and it is this part which Trump wants to unprotect.


MIDWAY: “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HONORS THE COURAGE, SACRIFICE, AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE AMERICAN ARMED FORCES WHO SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THIS ISLAND AND ITS SURROUNDING SEAS AGAINST THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN DURING THE PERIOD OF 4-7 JUNE 1942. OUTNUMBERED AND OUTGUNNED, THEY WITHSTOOD SAVAGE BOMBARDMENT, FOUGHT BACK, AND CARRIED THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY. DARING AIR STRIKES IN THE FACE OF FIERCE RESISTANCE SANK FOUR ENEMY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, TURNING THE TIDE OF WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC. AFTER THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY, THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES FORGED AHEAD WITH EVER INCREASING STRENGTH AND CONFIDENCE TO FINAL VICTORY, SECURING THE BLESSINGS OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR GENERATIONS YET UNBORN.” https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/pacific/midway-memorial-marker

Monday 14 August 2017


Greater Sage Grouse, Photo by Pacific SW Region USFWS, Sacramento.

Reuters News Feed Selection

North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:48:33 -0400
DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/krN0I7HDhkM/us-northkorea-labour-china-insight-idUSKBN1AT00Q

U.S. to relax rules protecting sage grouse, in win for oil drillers Posted:Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:25:07 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4PWPD8c2yUI/us-usa-interior-sagegrouse-idUSKBN1AN2B5

Kuwait says responding to oil spill in Ras al-Zour area
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:16:15 -0400
(Reuters) – Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/olnPIa6cFyQ/us-gulf-kuwait-spill-idUSKBN1AS0PU

Russia probe counsel wants to interview senior White House officials: NYT Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The special counsel investigating whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign wants to speak with current and former senior White House officials, the New York Times reported on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/oPtLwRkoojo/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AS0WQ

Merkel rival Schulz says executives endangering German car industry
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:14:34 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Martin Schulz, the main challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s Sept. 24 election, accused the country’s auto executives on Sunday of putting the industry at risk by failing to plan for the future. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/2Ah3cpA-DTs/us-germany-election-schulz-idUSKCN1AT0E6

Syria investigator del Ponte says enough evidence to convict Assad of war crimes: SonntagsZeitung Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:38:07 -0400
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria has gathered enough evidence for President Bashar al-Assad to be convicted of war crimes, a prominent member of the commission, Carla del Ponte, said in remarks published on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7AVf1FLOaFU/us-mideast-crisis-syria-investigator-idUSKCN1AT0AY

Canadian pastor returns home after release from North Korean prison
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:05:36 -0400
TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than two years quietly returned to his home in a Toronto suburb on Saturday following a long journey on a private government jet via Japan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/L9SmT8tf-Nk/us-northkorea-canada-idUSKBN1AS0Q0

Britain says Brexit talks should move to next phase, as ministers show unity
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:49:41 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Sunday that it wants talks with the EU to move on to the next phase, as it set out details of the future relationship it envisages with the bloc and senior ministers presented a united approach to negotiations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/HPuyMuK-1rs/us-britain-eu-idUSKBN1AS0XR

Trump’s threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 01:02:59 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/__mViI8x5PI/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1AT040

In call with Trump, China’s Xi urges restraint over North Korea
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 14:04:02 -0400
BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue, and in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump he urged all sides to avoid words or action that raise tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jpAH9jC1qwg/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1AO011

Iran eyes more funds for missiles, Guards after U.S. sanctions
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:28:25 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/vxMJnqWDVCw/us-iran-usa-parliament-idUSKCN1AT083

Canada orders ships to reduce speed to prevent whale deaths 
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:56:25 -0400
TORONTO (Reuters) – Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada’s Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Ju_k-OLfkAA/us-canada-whales-idUSKBN1AR20O

Venezuela prepares formal response to Trump ‘military option’
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:14:55 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government on Saturday prepared to deliver a stinging rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a “military option” regarding the crisis-stricken country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ctz1eeOZGjU/us-usa-venezuela-military-idUSKBN1AR2GR

‘Logistics’ hold up Lebanese deal for rebels, refugees to return to Syria
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:29:11 +0530
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Implementation of a deal for the return of a group of Syrian refugees and rebels to Syria from Lebanon was delayed on Saturday, with a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah saying it was due to “a logistical problem”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/dx2xDxg7EgU/mideast-crisis-lebanon-syria-idINKBN1AS0DY

GM blasts $1 billion deal between ignition switch plaintiffs, creditor trust
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:51:35 +0530
(Reuters) – Plaintiffs suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects have reached a $1 billion settlement requiring the automaker to turn over that amount of stock, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said in a court hearing on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/VB2BYQ1ZLUM/gm-ignition-idINKBN1AR24B

Bond investors give Tesla a $1.8 billion endorsement 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:37:17 +0530
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bond investors on Friday gave a $1.8 billion boost to Tesla Inc’s balance sheet by snapping up the electric car maker’s first foray into the U.S. junk bond market, where yield-hungry investors have raced to lock in relatively higher returns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/WBsiev9Nbr8/usa-bonds-tesla-idINKBN1AS08Q

India’s industrial output contracts 0.1 percent y/y in June 
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:41:42 +0530
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s industrial output contracted 0.1 percent in June from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/u8y0gQNuFbw/india-economy-output-idINKBN1AR17M

Al Gore says Trump driving, not weakening, climate change momentum 
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:03:15 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change agreement was fueling, rather than weakening, momentum among environmental activists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/z6nT_d4h_pA/us-people-gore-film-idUSKBN1AR23M

Pentagon’s empty posts cause uncertainty for defense contractors 
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:54:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to fill dozens of senior-level positions at the Pentagon is making it difficult for defense contractors to forecast business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/8sgA9V-a8ig/us-usa-defense-results-idUSKBN1AR2DT

Nineteen overcome with dizziness, nausea at New Hampshire hospital Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:50 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nineteen staff members were evacuated from a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Friday and treated for dizziness, nausea and vomiting, a hospital spokeswoman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/IFVk3TGyJcI/us-new-hampshire-hospital-idUSKBN1AR21A

Keeping tabs on the birds in Slovenia 
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:26:16 -0400
VRHNIKA, Slovenia (Reuters) – Scientists in an area of woodland in Slovenia are studying the migratory patterns of birds with the aid of a couple of big nets – and a lot of small rings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/geMCl5R54L0/us-slovenia-birds-idUSKBN1AR1TA

New Brazil ethanol policy should boost demand, M&A Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:59:54 -0400
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – An overhaul of Brazil’s biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country’s carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/y9YPTLIcr7I/us-brazil-ethanol-policy-analysis-idUSKBN1AR22Q

Germany believes European Commission will propose electric car quotas Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:09:46 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in its next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/V_xJWTaCnwE/us-germany-emissions-quotas-idUSKBN1AR0XL

In call with Trump, China’s Xi urges restraint over North Korea 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:04:11 -0400
BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue, and in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump he urged all sides to avoid words or action that raise tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jpAH9jC1qwg/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1AO011

Trump threatens Venezuela with unspecified ‘military option’ Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:03:16 -0400
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis that Caracas disparaged as “craziness.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ctz1eeOZGjU/us-usa-venezuela-military-idUSKBN1AR2GR

Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:36:57 -0400
GUAM (Reuters) – Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That’s the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KN43Zz9OoXE/us-northkorea-missiles-guam-fate-idUSKBN1AS0CT

Trump says was being ‘sarcastic’ in thanking Putin for embassy staff cuts 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:07:29 -0400
BEDMINSTER, NJ (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he was being sarcastic when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/3Gd4ectq5PY/us-usa-trump-russia-diplomats-sarcasm-idUSKBN1AR24L

French archbishop admits failings in response to pedophile scandal 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:15:13 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon acknowledged shortcomings in his response to a pedophilia scandal in his archdiocese and said more rigorous checks were in place to prevent past errors in the appointment of priests being repeated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/T2PU9Stm7M4/us-france-religion-idUSKBN1AS0EH

Merkel rounds on German auto executives in opening election rally 
Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:01:19 -0400
DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off her re-election campaign on Saturday with a stinging attack on German auto executives, pressing them to innovate to secure jobs, and win back trust lost by a diesel emissions scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/za9bOm0_nTI/us-germany-election-merkel-idUSKBN1AS0FI

Iraq’s Kurds stick to independence vote despite U.S. request to postpone it Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:24:Indonesia anti-graft organization says death of witness will not derail investigation Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:39:40 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission said on Saturday the death of a witness in a graft investigation implicating dozens of politicians will not derail its probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/4tt0NBOdHH0/us-indonesia-corruption-witness-idUSKBN1AS0GY

Indonesia anti-graft organization says death of witness will not derail investigation Posted:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:39:40 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission said on Saturday the death of a witness in a graft investigation implicating dozens of politicians will not derail its probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/4tt0NBOdHH0/us-indonesia-corruption-witness-idUSKBN1AS0GY

Trump says U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ in North Korea confrontation
Posted:Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:15:43 -0400
BEDMINSTER, N.J./SEOUL (Reuters) – President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/9us2qTuR-y0/us-northkorea-missiles-china-idUSKBN1AO011

FBI raided former Trump campaign manager’s home in Russia probe
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:37:26 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A July FBI raid on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, confirmed on Wednesday, showed that a federal investigation of possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election was intensifying.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/htmjYaEqVa0/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AP1OR

Trump boasts of U.S. nuclear arsenal after ‘fire and fury’ warning to North Korea Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:57:29 -0400
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – President Donald Trump followed up his incendiary warning to North Korea against threatening the United States with a boast on Wednesday about the strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, but expressed hope this power would never need to be used. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JXFTNuBeYiQ/us-northkorea-missiles-china-idUSKBN1AO011

Car rams into soldiers in Paris suburb, suspect arrested after manhunt 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:04:17 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – French police shot and arrested a man on Wednesday suspected of deliberately ramming his car into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb hours earlier, injuring six of them in what the government called a deliberate attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/IeGBrXI64OE/us-europe-attacks-france-idUSKBN1AP0OS

Odinga says Kenya election hacked to show lead for president Kenyatta Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:53:08 -0400
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday the election commission’s computers had been hacked and fake results posted online to show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a strong lead in what he described as “massive” fraud. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eI7I986qV9Q/us-kenya-election-idUSKBN1AP030

Venezuela inflation quickens to 248.6 percent in year to July: opposition 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:48:43 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – Inflation in Venezuela’s crisis-hit economy quickened to 248.6 percent in the first seven months of the year, the opposition-led congress said on Wednesday in the absence of official data. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/K2aahuPxdFE/us-venezuela-economy-idUSKBN1AP20X

Referrals to UK counter-terrorism scheme double after recent attacks: police 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:59:14 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Referrals by members of the public to the British government’s counter-terrorism scheme have doubled since militants launched deadly attacks earlier this year in London and Manchester, a senior police official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JKFRo4EGqTc/us-britain-security-idUSKBN1AP1F5

Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycott 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:30:02 -0400
DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar announced on Wednesday a program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/HgMRGryJpXQ/us-gulf-qatar-visas-idUSKBN1AP1MM

UK says EU offers restricted post-Brexit residency rights to Britons 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:07:35 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union has proposed that Britons living in the bloc after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves, Brexit minister David Davis said in a letter on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/YpHOG2TXsJc/us-britain-eu-citizens-idUSKBN1AP1R9

German police find migrants hiding on train near Austrian border 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:57:57 -0400
RAUBLING, Germany (Reuters) – German police found a group of 12 shivering migrants hiding on a freight train near the Austrian border on Wednesday and an officer said the number caught trying to enter Germany illegally was on the rise in the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/CYSfS1_CD68/us-europe-migrants-germany-idUSKBN1AP1WY

Gang convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in England Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:31:00 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – A gang of 18 people has been found guilty of trafficking and sexually abusing vulnerable teenage girls and young women for several years in northern England, prosecutors said on Wednesday, in the latest shocking case of its kind in Britain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/283XiKDLuVA/us-britain-abuse-idUSKBN1AP1ZD

Gunmen kill two Afghan women contractors at air base near Kabul 
Posted:Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:44:58 -0400
KABUL (Reuters) – Two Afghan women working for a security firm searching people entering Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul were killed on Wednesday and two others wounded by unknown gunmen, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/q3K1HAIdJRo/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKBN1AP20R

Wall Street swings lower after Trump warns North Korea
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:33:02 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed lower on Tuesday after a late afternoon selling spree as investors fled for safety after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to respond aggressively to any threats from North Korea.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/XXPGSFCyQ4w/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN1AO1AR

Nissan agrees to $98 million settlement on Takata economic loss claims
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:41:32 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co on Tuesday agreed to pay $97.7 million to settle class-action claims of consumer economic loss in the United States tied to the recall of 4.4 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators, court records show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/C-nY_-aLKX8/us-nissan-takata-idUSKBN1AO2BZ

Siemens Gamesa installs Asia’s tallest wind turbines
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:00:36 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Wind power group Siemens Gamesa has installed Asia’s tallest wind turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in Thailand, it said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/w6C3Z5s6iXw/us-siemens-gamesa-r-turbines-tallest-idUSKBN1AO1BD

Houston-area oil refineries unaffected by flooding after heavy rains
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:42:53 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Houston-area oil refineries were unaffected by heavy rains that caused flooding across wide areas of the city overnight, the companies and industry sources said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EqjNwsjM-fI/us-refineries-weather-houston-idUSKBN1AO1VZ

Tropical storm Franklin weakens over Yucatan peninsula: NHC Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:14:28 -0400
(Reuters) – Tropical storm Franklin was weakening on Tuesday over the Yucatan peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-j3hs3Lg72k/us-storm-franklin-idUSKBN1AN2IE

Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as stinking, congealed palm oil washes ashore 
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:09:09 -0400
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory’s waters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iLLwmF8hPOo/us-hongkong-pollution-idUSKBN1AO0OB

Volkswagen offers up to 10,000 euros in premiums to new-car buyers 
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:24:31 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen will offer up to 10,000 euros ($11,810.00) in premiums to buyers of VW brand vehicles trading in an older diesel model, the carmaker said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wDY1tgt1OfA/us-volkswagen-diesel-idUSKBN1AO12G

Landslide in southwest China kills 23 
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:54:44 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – A landslide in southwestern China has killed 23 people, the provincial government said on Tuesday, as heavy rain hits large parts of the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/teTwhvAhJaU/us-china-weather-landslide-idUSKBN1AO14L

Thailand approves flood relief measures worth $48 million 
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:05:29 -0400
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved 1.6 billion baht ($48 million) in relief for farmers hit by floods in the north and northeast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zHPI9hC13K4/us-thailand-floods-idUSKBN1AO15V

Now a tropical storm, Noru rakes Japan’s main island Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:37:04 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Typhoon Noru raked Japan’s main island of Honshu with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, flooding rivers and prompting the evacuation of thousands at one point, but staying well away from Tokyo. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0s1fkJXlK2U/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKBN1AO09Y

VW to offer diesel owners 5,000 euros to buy new Golf: Bild 
Posted:Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:43:01 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen will knock 5,000 euros ($5,905) off the price of new Golf model cars for buyers trading in an older diesel model, German daily Bild reported on its website, citing no sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DrbpzRo1jzI/us-germany-emissions-volkswagen-idUSKBN1AO0YZ

U.S. orangutan Chantek, ‘the ape who went to college,’ dies at 39 Posted:Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:57:38 -0400
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XfSJnz8i2dk/us-georgia-orangutan-idUSKBN1AO01N

Keystone XL pipeline fate in balance as Nebraska opens hearings 
Posted:Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:01:48 -0400
LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) – Nebraska regulators opened a final hearing on TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday, a week-long proceeding that marks the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump approved it in March. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hPZxBBGSSm0/us-usa-pipeline-keystone-idUSKBN1AN17P

Monday 7 August 2017 update

Typhoon Noru Trajectory and Nuclear Power Stations

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U.S. Justice Department not looking to charge journalists for leaks: official Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:30:09 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the top officials at the U.S. Justice Department said Sunday that the agency’s heightened focus on policing leaks of classified information is not intended to put journalists in legal jeopardy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/v6F_fUBJVAg/us-usa-doj-idUSKBN1AM0M1

Trump administration goes on attack against leakers, journalists
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:23:25 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated Republican President Donald Trump, went on the attack against leaks on Friday, warning of a possible crackdown both on reporters and their sources inside the federal government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uNEaobYIrXA/us-usa-trump-sessions-leaks-idUSKBN1AK1UR

Russia’s Lavrov meets Tillerson, says feels U.S. ready to continue dialogue Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:21:00 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he believed his U.S. colleagues were ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex issues despite bilateral tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/MvbhyjKVZRU/us-usa-trump-russia-talks-idUSKBN1AM0BI

After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russia talks an uphill climb
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:08:40 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has the unenviable task of exploring U.S.-Russian cooperation following Washington’s latest sanctions on Russia and Moscow’s expulsion of U.S. diplomats http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GP-2_kbOR64/us-usa-trump-russia-talks-idUSKBN1AL0JX

Excessive corrosion blamed for deadly Ohio ride failure
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 16:17:10 -0400
(Reuters) – The “catastrophic failure” of a thrill ride that broke apart in July at the Ohio State Fair, killing one person and injuring seven others, stemmed from excessive corrosion in a support beam, its manufacturer said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/-qIYEPux4mw/us-ohio-ride-idUSKBN1AM0TH

Oil steady near nine-week highs on fall in U.S. drilling activity 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:06:00 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil prices held near nine-week highs on Monday, buoyed by robust U.S. jobs data last week and a slight fall in U.S. drilling, although rising output from OPEC capped gains. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/w67G8kIa2z8/us-global-oil-idUSKBN1AN02R

Deutsche Bank tumbles down private bank rankings after tough 2016 Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:03:49 -0400
ZURICH (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank dropped out of the world’s top 15 private banks in 2016, a year marked by negative headlines for Germany’s biggest lender, rankings by wealth management researcher Scorpio Partnership showed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/hfQHGgB12jY/us-banks-wealth-idUSKBN1AN005

At least two dead as weakening Typhoon Noru nears main Japanese islands Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 06:21:09 -0400 TOKYO (Reuters) – A slow-moving but weakening Typhoon Noru, at one point the strongest storm in the world this year, approached the main islands of Japan on Sunday, leaving two people dead and prompting evacuation advisories to be issued for hundreds of thousands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CMRxlhU48bE/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKBN1AM0B4

Pence denies eyeing presidential bid amid distance with Trump over Russia
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:50:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denied that he is preparing for a presidential election run in 2020, saying the suggestion is “disgraceful and offensive.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/h1OKhJJuUH4/us-usa-trump-pence-idUSKBN1AM0N3

China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam U.S. ‘arrogance’
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:25:26 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media on Monday stressed the limits of new United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and also slammed the United States for its “arrogance”, saying Washington needed to understand it also has a role in lessening tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/hurfC-_Qbvs/us-northkorea-missiles-media-idUSKBN1AN03N

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:39:29 -0400
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) – Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California’s national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/yiArcHd652Y/us-usa-marijuana-environment-idUSKBN1AM0C3

More than 30 injured after tornado hits in Tulsa
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:19:19 -0400
(Reuters) – More than 30 people were injured and dozens of buildings damaged when a tornado hit Tulsa early on Sunday, causing power outages to about 17,000 customers after powerful winds snapped utility poles and downed trees in the Oklahoma city, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DKJu7fXgRTA/us-oklahoma-tornado-idUSKBN1AN03G

U.S. forecaster see 90 percent chance of cyclone over northwestern Caribbean sea
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:06:09 -0400
(Reuters) – A low pressure area located about 405 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico has a 90 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/AwR1qMnOMcI/us-storm-atlantic-idUSKBN1AN00B

In Asia financial markets, the fear indicators still send a buy signal 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:15:37 -0400
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian investors, wary that the region’s stock markets and currencies have run up too far too fast and wondering whether it is time to take some money off the table, are finding that their concerns are not being reflected in major gauges of volatility and fear. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/tJfdt9UbX08/us-asia-markets-risk-analysis-idUSKBN1AM0X7

Shkreli sentence turns on antics, investor impact of crime 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:45:13 -0400
(Reuters) – Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli could spend years in prison for Friday’s investor fraud conviction if the judge focuses on the intended impact of his crime and his “Pharma Bro” social media antics, according to legal experts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/dXCj6vNY3Yw/us-usa-crime-shkreli-idUSKBN1AM0QP

Commonwealth Bank says ‘coding error’ explains alleged money-laundering breaches Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:12:06 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Commonwealth Bank of Australia said on Monday a software “coding error” was responsible for the “vast majority” of the anti-money laundering law breaches it was accused of last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/6HPdvT0L_xo/us-australia-cba-moneylaundering-idUSKBN1AM0TM

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:02:09 -0400
MANILA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended an impasse on Sunday over how to address disputes with China in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/1_03tbVLopA/us-asean-philippines-southchinasea-state-idUSKBN1AM0IR

Saudi Arabia still sees no role for Assad in Syrian transition 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 15:25:05 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, a main backer of Syrian rebels, said on Sunday it still supported an international agreement on the future of Syria and President Bashar al-Assad should have no role in any transition to bring the war there to an end. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/aqF3W2T0Gbg/us-mideast-crisis-syria-saudi-idUSKBN1AM0SD

Israel moves to shut down local operations of Al Jazeera 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:18:39 -0400
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel plans to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera TV journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station’s broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Am0iiP0ivRU/us-israel-aljazeera-idUSKBN1AM0J6

Syria investigator del Ponte quits, blaming U.N. Security Council 
Posted:Sun, 06 Aug 2017 15:22:40 -0400
GENEVA (Reuters) – A member of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Sunday she was quitting because a lack of political backing from the U.N. Security Council had made the job impossible, Swiss national news agency SDA reported.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/449ZhRuPQjk/us-mideast-crisis-syria-investigator-idUSKBN1AM0P4

Russia’s Kislyak: talks with Trump’s ex-security aide ‘absolutely transparent’
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:06:43 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s former ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, said on Saturday his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn had been transparent and focused on matters of U.S.-Russia cooperation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/YdvRXBVfkRU/us-usa-trump-russia-kislyak-idUSKBN1AL084

With military discipline imposed, Trump getting more time for decisions
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:16:34 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s choice of a general as chief of staff has quickly brought more order to the White House and is giving the president more time to ponder decisions as he tries to bounce back from a rocky six months with no major legislative achievements. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/_G84nq5NSXM/us-usa-trump-kelly-idUSKBN1AK1U9

Special counsel Mueller asks White House for Flynn documents: New York Times
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:53:21 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investigators working for U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, have asked the White House for documents related to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5MeYO7nGkjU/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN1AL01G

Interior Department watchdog to investigate threat to Alaska senator on healthcare
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:41:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department’s inspector general said it would investigate a reported threat by the agency’s head, Ryan Zinke, against Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s state of Alaska last week over her opposition to her party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/CQeCrQiif5w/us-usa-interior-idUSKBN1AK20Z

Tesla lowers price of Model X, saying margins improved
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 05:50:30 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc on Friday lowered the base price of its Model X SUV to $79,500 and said improving margins were behind the move, which came as the automaker is ramping up production of its new lower-priced Model 3. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/e392_64bMUE/us-tesla-modelx-idUSKBN1AK2DH

Nissan Mississippi workers vote heavily against unionization
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 01:44:56 -0400
CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, voted nearly two to one against union representation, the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) said late on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Rrc2GXkToIc/us-uaw-mississippi-nissan-idUSKBN1AL02O

Russia: new EU sanctions over Siemens turbines violate international law
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:54:39 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday the European Union’s decision to sanction a Russian deputy energy minister over the delivery of Siemens’ turbines to Moscow-annexed Crimea was politically motivated and illegal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Tzptjuhoijc/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-siemens-sanctio-idUSKBN1AL0B1

‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli convicted of fraud in U.S. court, assails ‘witch hunt’
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:07:49 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. jury convicted Martin Shkreli, the brash former drug company and hedge fund executive, on Friday of defrauding investors in hedge funds he ran years before he gained fame for jacking up the price of a drug. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/T7MgyQNSJNA/us-usa-crime-shkreli-idUSKBN1AK27F

Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot 
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 04:48:02 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NmDw63D6VbY/us-indonesia-environment-idUSKBN1AL05G

Swiss demand same treatment as Germans in diesel compensation 
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:32:38 -0400
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland will demand that German automakers treat Swiss customers the same as German buyers of diesel cars being fixed to cut pollution, the head of the Swiss road transport agency said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K_SIJLp6R60/us-germany-emissions-swiss-idUSKBN1AL0GK

Wildfire rages on Greek island of Kythera, homes evacuated 
Posted:Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:05:19 -0400
ATHENS (Reuters) – A forest fire was raging on the Greek island of Kythera on Saturday, fanned by strong winds and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/F1xCTksMUeY/us-greece-wildfire-idUSKBN1AL0MA

U.S. submits formal notice of withdrawal from Paris climate pact 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:25:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has officially informed the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in a document issued on Friday, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hlHJZcJ9HPo/us-un-climate-usa-paris-idUSKBN1AK2FM

EPA to review previously denied claims from Colorado mine spill 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:54:48 -0400
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed on Friday to review $1.2 billion in previously denied claims for economic losses from a 2015 EPA-triggered toxic waste spill at a dormant Colorado gold mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3Mbo7nqZXTk/us-colorado-mine-spill-idUSKBN1AK2I0

Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. emissions cheating case 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:56:28 -0400
DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FBrmf-EBeRg/us-volkwwagen-emissions-idUSKBN1AK1OY

British Columbia extends emergency status again as wildfires rage 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:57:41 -0400
(Reuters) – The Canadian province of British Columbia on Friday extended a state of emergency by two weeks for a second time as it battled 123 fires that have forced as many as 45,000 people to flee their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tolO3Lc7gjE/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKBN1AK279

Munich prosecutors escalate Audi probe to board level 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:45:54 -0400
MUNICH (Reuters) – Munich prosecutors on Friday said a criminal probe into diesel manipulation at carmaker Audi has now reached the management board level. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0f1Dp4se75I/us-germany-emissions-audi-idUSKBN1AK1MX

Extreme weather seen killing 152,000 Europeans a year by 2100 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:31:48 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/PyEVnTAX-Vw/us-climatechange-europe-weather-idUSKBN1AK2HU

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Philippines: USGS 
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:56:47 -0400
(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck south Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_8294bd4uv8/us-philippines-quake-idUSKBN1AL00M

Senators propose legislation to protect special counsel from Trump
Posted:Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:19:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators introduced two pieces of legislation on Thursday seeking to block President Donald Trump from firing the special counsel probing his ties to Russia, as Congress increasingly seeks to assert its authority on policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0DV_3GzeUDU/us-usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSKBN1AJ2Z9

Radioactive material reported stolen in northern Mexico
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:26:47 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The theft of an unknown amount of radioactive material has prompted an alert in five Mexican states, the head of national emergency services said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CVxHvPoY-TI/us-mexico-radioactive-idUSKBN1AI2AL

Hydro-powered smelters charge premium prices for ‘green’ aluminum
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:26:25 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Producers of “green” aluminum – made using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels – are starting to charge premium prices thanks to rising demand from industrial customers under pressure to reduce their carbon footprints. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3pR_7fmAEPM/us-aluminium-sales-environment-idUSKBN1AI1CF

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, Moscow calls it ‘trade war’ Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:20:32 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a move Moscow said amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/KgwFVZpvddg/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AI1Y4

Trump and senators seek to slash legal immigration 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:34:38 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – After a crackdown on illegal immigration that has sharply reduced the number of unauthorized border crossings from Mexico, U.S. President Donald Trump is now turning his attention to reducing the number of legal immigrants in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/qoVoCOkhjM8/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN1AI1ZU

In rare bipartisan display, Democrats back Trump on China trade probe 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:53:52 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three top Democratic senators, in a rare show of bipartisanship, on Wednesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to stand up to China as he prepares to launch an inquiry into Beijing’s intellectual property and trade practices in coming days. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/lWclZFnjGJw/us-usa-trump-trade-china-idUSKBN1AI2JI

House conservative: Tax overhaul must happen by Thanksgiving 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:12:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers must deliver tax legislation to President Donald Trump’s desk before December or lose their chance to enact bold reforms capable of driving the U.S. economy, a leading Republican conservative said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/vxeNRDLWDb8/us-usa-tax-idUSKBN1AI2VO

U.S. governors urge Trump to make insurance payments 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:22:06 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic and Republican U.S. governors on Wednesday urged the Trump administration, as well as Congress, to continue funding payments to health insurance companies that make Obamacare plans affordable, calling it critical to stabilizing the insurance marketplace. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/p0lC5ItKXTU/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1AI28L

Trump admin willing to work with Congress on war authorization: lawmakers 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:00:36 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Officials from President Donald Trump’s administration are willing to work with Congress as it attempts to pass a new authorization for military operations against Islamic State, U.S. senators said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/2ZAMobYUrsc/us-mideast-crisis-usa-idUSKBN1AI2V6

Comey signs book deal after abrupt end to FBI career 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:15:26 -0400
(Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by U.S. President Donald Trump, has signed a deal for a book on leadership and decision-making that will come out in spring 2018, the publisher said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/4ZTSa68cgD0/us-people-comey-idUSKBN1AI2SY

Trump weighs Energy Secretary Perry to run Homeland Security: report 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:02:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump may tap U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to replace former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who took over as White House chief of staff this week, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/c6SSk5XWu5k/us-usa-trump-homelandsecurity-idUSKBN1AI21F

Trump administration sends conflicting signals on Russia sanctions 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:46:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump grudgingly accepted new congressional sanctions on Russia, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, remarks in contrast with those of Vice President Mike Pence, who said the bill showed Trump and Congress speaking “with a unified voice.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/u48FLh66BpM/us-usa-trump-russia-tillerson-idUSKBN1AH55C

Tillerson to press China and ASEAN states on North Korea in Manila 
Posted:Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:43:22 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea when he attends regional meetings in Manila starting this week, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/heIaLGppFJ8/us-northkorea-usa-asia-idUSKBN1AI253

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions 
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:57:33 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – The four Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar said on Sunday they were ready for talks to tackle the dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/CYLcGkSTPz8/us-gulf-qatar-meeting-idUSKBN1AF03T

Monday 31 July 2017 UTC

Russia has had a naval base in Syria at Tartus since 1971. The air base is apparently more recent. https://www.rferl.org/a/explainer-why-is-access-/24619441.html

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Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia’s presence there for half a century Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:42:05 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/WEP96rO-BgE/us-mideast-crisis-russia-syria-idUSKBN1AC1R9

Exclusive: Congress asks U.S. agencies for Kaspersky Lab cyber documents
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:32:26 -0400 LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out “nefarious activities against the United States,” according to letters seen by Reuters.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/_liJtyAIMQc/us-usa-kasperskylab-probe-idUSKBN1AD2H0

U.S. court decision may boost biofuels, hit refiners 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:14:40 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government may have to require more biofuels to be blended into the country’s fuel supply after a court ruled on Friday that the mandates must be reconsidered, a decision that boosted renewable fuel credits to seven-month highs on financial markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R6KTwN57mvs/us-usa-biofuels-court-idUSKBN1AD27F

Typhoon injures over 80 in Taiwan, traps dozens
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:34:09 -0400
TAIPEI (Reuters) – A strong typhoon swept across Taiwan on Sunday, injuring more than 80 people, forcing the capital to shut down essential services and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Z24DsGtz8JU/us-asia-storm-taiwan-idUSKBN1AF013

Trump threatens to end insurance payments if no healthcare bill 
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 04:22:16 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday to end government payments to health insurers if Congress does not pass a new healthcare bill and goaded them to not abandon their seven-year quest to replace the Obamacare law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PWvdO1Rpo6o/us-usa-healthcare-trump-idUSKBN1AE0QQ

Outside adviser to Trump calls for firing of CFPB head Cordray
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 14:31:07 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An outside adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump called on Sunday for the firing of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/E6p7pOKOvRY/us-usa-trump-cfpb-idUSKBN1AF0SK

U.S. government ordered to solve ‘Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:54:56 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation authorities were ordered back to the drawing board on Friday to solve what a federal appeals judge called “The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Z7eqnr7QL7E/us-usa-planes-idUSKBN1AD28Y

Montana congressman to work at wheelchair nonprofit after attack on reporter Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:26:13 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte will perform community services at a Montana nonprofit that builds wheelchairs for children after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter during his election campaign, local media reported on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/9uNy0DDjPA8/us-montana-politics-assault-idUSKBN1AF0VU

U.S. flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test 
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:54:07 -0400
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said China, Japan and South Korea needed to do more after Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7_f51I7PW-M/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1AF02K

Putin says U.S. must cut 755 diplomatic staff, more measures possible 
Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:14:30 -0400
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said the United States would have to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington as a response to new U.S. sanctions approved by Congress. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/cHU6yjgg-AE/us-usa-trump-russia-retaliation-putin-idUSKBN1AF0S5

Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’ Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:23:15 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called what he said was Qatar’s demand for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, but Qatar said it never made such a call. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/oeMDTTCZdfs/us-gulf-qatar-haj-idUSKBN1AF0L3

Mexico rescues 147 Central American migrants headed for U.S. Posted:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:52:58 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state after suspected human smugglers forced them out of the cramped tractor trailer they were traveling in on their way to the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/T5FVSXXEI2A/us-mexico-immigration-idUSKBN1AF0VS

Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with retired General Kelly 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:25:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XWcxK-v72wg/us-usa-trump-kelly-idUSKBN1AD2MI

Republicans try to pick up the pieces after healthcare defeat 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:29:07 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The seven-year Republican quest to scrap Obamacare, a major campaign vow by President Donald Trump, lay in ruins on Friday after the Senate failed to dismantle the healthcare law, with congressional leaders now planning to move on to other matters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yZ-SDYlO1-s/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1AC1G0

Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:54:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As fellow Republicans labored to repeal Obamacare this week, U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly swerved off-topic, escalating concerns in his party about his ability to govern the country six months after taking office. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/av9AB9BTLyw/us-usa-trump-analysis-idUSKBN1AD2PH

Trump to sign Russia sanctions, Moscow retaliates 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:09:30 -0400
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/S9aty3KmmlE/us-usa-trump-russia-diplomats-idUSKBN1AD1DV

Hundreds of counties at risk for no Obamacare insurer in 2018 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:57:11 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – With Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare in disarray, hundreds of U.S. counties are at risk of losing access to private health coverage in 2018 as insurers consider pulling out of those markets in the coming months. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/iatrn7KBu2k/us-usa-healthcare-insurers-analysis-idUSKBN1AD2P9

For Trump, the honeymoon with Putin may be finally over 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:58:01 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin tossed President-elect Donald Trump a bouquet in December when he chose not to retaliate for the U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats and seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ffmFfkaipXY/us-usa-trump-russia-honeymoon-idUSKBN1AD2NG

U.S. lawmakers expect more sanctions on Venezuela over vote 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:55:40 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. lawmakers said on Friday they expected Washington would announce more sanctions on Venezuela if its government proceeds with an effort to elect a legislative body that critics call a plan to create a dictatorship. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/aVszyIT89tY/us-venezuela-politics-usa-sanctions-idUSKBN1AD2M6

McCain, once belittled by Trump, hands him big defeat in healthcare vote 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:43:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end, it was a simple hand gesture – Senator John McCain pointing his right index finger in a downward motion to register a no vote – that ruined his party’s seven-year effort to repeal Obamacare. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NTJEr-c50BY/us-usa-trump-mccain-idUSKBN1AD28L

Union cheers as trucks kept out of U.S. self-driving legislation 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:03:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Teamsters union on Friday praised House lawmakers for keeping self-driving commercial trucks out of a proposed bill aimed at speeding deployment of the advanced technology for cars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/imd_G0wdxko/us-usa-selfdriving-vehicles-idUSKBN1AD2S3

Exclusive: Majority of Americans support transgender military service – poll 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 04:39:28 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/4SCZAaTkL_0/us-usa-military-transgender-poll-idUSKBN1AD2BL

North Korea tests another ICBM, claims all of U.S. in strike range 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 03:16:28 -0400
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/z-dmIXdDsD4/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1AD1ZB

Trump to sign Russia sanctions, Moscow retaliates 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:09:30 -0400
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gNlVmpFZfUk/us-usa-trump-russia-diplomats-idUSKBN1AD1DV

Iran says new tensions between Revolutionary Guards and U.S. Navy 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:12:05 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that U.S. Navy ships came close to their vessels in the Gulf and shot flares. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/RyBr4Q2v0Gc/us-iran-us-gulf-tension-idUSKBN1AE0DN

Hamburg attacker was known to security forces 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:45:37 -0400
HAMBURG (Reuters) – The migrant who killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket was a radicalized Islamist known to German security agencies, but also believed to have psychological problems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Mb7k3Xr1SPE/us-germany-security-hamburg-idUSKBN1AE0CV

Venezuela braces for vote aimed at rewriting constitution 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:50:08 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan protesters blocked streets on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to derail the election of a legislative super-body that opponents of President Nicolas Maduro say will give the socialist leader a stranglehold on power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ogAvXk09ONk/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1AE0JO

London police arrest one at protest over death of detainee 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:58:53 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Police in east London arrested one person after violence broke out at a protest over the death of a man who had been detained a week earlier, police said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/X4bsJRdTwjg/us-britain-riots-idUSKBN1AE06S

Southeast Asian states vow cooperation on ‘growing’ militant threat 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:24:22 -0400
MANADO, Indonesia (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations will cooperate more closely with intelligence and law enforcement authorities from the Middle East amid “grave concerns” about an elevated threat from Islamic State (IS) in the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/m8imJaORL7I/us-asia-security-idUSKBN1AE0EL

Putin pardons two women given prison terms for text messages 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:58:34 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday pardoned two women who were sentenced to prison terms for sending text messages to Georgian acquaintances about the movement of Russian military equipment on the eve of a war in 2008. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/QZzS-UaYdwI/us-russia-pardon-putin-idUSKBN1AE0LM

EU starts action against Poland over judiciary reforms 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:00:48 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission launched legal action on Saturday against what it sees as Polish government attempts to undermine the independence of judges. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ab1KS9T2P3M/us-poland-politics-eu-idUSKBN1AE0CD

U.S. regulators approve 2017 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles for sale 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:23:26 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won approval from U.S. and California regulators on Friday to sell 2017 diesel vehicles after it came under scrutiny for alleged excess emissions in older diesel vehicles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ZDVreZK2NoE/us-fiatchrysler-emissions-idUSKBN1AD1TI

Flooding threatens U.S. Mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians 
Posted:Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:19:09 -0400
(Reuters) – Heavy rains will drench the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians on Saturday after flooding overnight closed roadways and forced water rescues across the region, forecasters said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/s47-u9kSKLM/us-usa-floods-idUSKBN1AE08L

Ivory Coast seizes record haul of pangolin scales 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:20:09 -0400
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast has seized three tonnes of pangolin scales and arrested eight people for trading the valuable armor of the world’s most trafficked animal, a police chief said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2oWcledIXhQ/us-ivorycoast-wildlife-pangolins-idUSKBN1AD1SA

South Africa’s east coast sees return of Sardine Run 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:45:45 -0400
KELSO, South Africa (Reuters) – Fishermen on South Africa’s east coast were treated on Friday to a sight they have waited five years to see as millions of sardines swam in from the Indian Ocean, almost hurling themselves into nets that bulged to bursting point. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2CfEp55aDvc/us-safrica-sardines-idUSKBN1AD2CI

EU court orders Poland to stop logging primeval forest now 
 Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:49:13 -0400
BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Union’s top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately halt large-scale logging in an ancient protected forest, one of many cases that has pitted the nationalist, eurosceptic government in Warsaw against the bloc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iaiYT2ZMN0c/us-poland-eu-logging-idUSKBN1AD17E

U.S. court decision may boost biofuels, hit refiners 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:14:40 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government may have to require more biofuels to be blended into the country’s fuel supply after a court ruled on Friday that the mandates must be reconsidered, a decision that boosted renewable fuel credits to seven-month highs on financial markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R6KTwN57mvs/us-usa-biofuels-court-idUSKBN1AD27F

U.S. FERC issues TransCanada Mountaineer pipeline report 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:01:28 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an environmental impact statement for TransCanada Corp’s Mountaineer and Gulf XPress natural gas pipeline projects in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vD3RbeCroFI/us-transcanada-mountaineer-natgas-idUSKBN1AD1XJ

Conservationists strive to protect Lebanon’s sea turtles 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:05:56 -0400
EL MANSOURI, Lebanon (Reuters) – On Lebanon’s beaches, endangered sea turtles have a human ally to help them in the face of myriad threats. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uabGMleTssM/us-lebanon-environment-turtles-idUSKBN1AD1RE

Drought-hit Rome to avoid water rationing: city utility 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:02:03 -0400
ROME (Reuters) – Rome water utility ACEA said on Friday the Italian capital had avoided water rationing after regional authorities modified a decree banning withdrawals from a drought-hit lake. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8y8FijyjFc4/us-italy-drought-rome-idUSKBN1AD28E

German rain may spoil EU wheat harvest after decent French crop 
Posted:Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:03:03 -0400
PARIS/HAMBURG (Reuters) – The risk of quality damage in this summer’s German wheat harvest is increasing as rain soaks crops waiting to be cut, denting the European Union’s export prospects after France’s better-than-expected harvest results. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Wf93zJlDnVk/us-europe-wheat-harvest-idUSKBN1AD1XX

Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:45:40 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/fwIVm9YOgzo/us-cyber-france-facebook-spies-exclusive-idUSKBN1AC0EI

Trump could seek ‘tougher’ Russia sanctions; Putin threatens retaliation 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:12:57 -0400
WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump could veto pending legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia in order to push for a tougher deal, a top White House aide said on Thursday, as Moscow warned of retaliation if Washington went ahead with the measure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5S-3l10j6wQ/us-usa-trump-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1AC1U8

Charlie Gard to be moved to a hospice to die, British judge rules 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:46:50 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Charlie Gard will spend his final hours in a hospice before the ventilator that keeps him alive is turned off, a judge ruled on Thursday, after a harrowing legal battle that prompted a debate over who has the moral right to decide the fate of a sick child. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_H47_5h6Up4/us-britain-baby-idUSKBN1AC1C1

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:17:53 -0400
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/MVgH3StW3FI/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKBN1AC0UF

U.S. general: North Korea ICBM threat advancing faster than expected 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:05:10 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said on Thursday that North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capabilities were advancing significantly and faster than many had expected. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Rfs2YUfZuX8/us-usa-northkorea-army-idUSKBN1AC2V3

EU gives initial OK to more Russia sanctions over Siemens, no final decision
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:26:09 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union states have given initial backing to a German proposal to blacklist several more Russian nationals and companies over the delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Crimea, but made no final decision, diplomats said.

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci’s comments
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:46:48 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rifts inside President Donald Trump’s White House were on startling display on Thursday, as his new communications director urged Trump’s chief of staff to state publicly that he does not leak information to the media.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Gq-6C2sw4fY/us-usa-trump-scaramucci-idUSKBN1AC2XU

Senate mulls bare-bones healthcare bill; marathon of voting expected 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:34:40 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans embarked on Thursday on another push to unravel Obamacare, working on a stripped-down bill after failing to pass broader legislation and complete a seven-year campaign to gut a law that extended health coverage to millions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yZ-SDYlO1-s/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1AC1G0

Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump’s ‘political rhetoric’ Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:03:36 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the “political rhetoric that was inserted” into its national gathering this week by U.S. President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/MOJtPszQZwQ/us-usa-trump-boyscouts-idUSKBN1AC2WX

Trump’s ‘America First’ push not protectionist: UPS CEO 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:00:52 -0400
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to renegotiate or scrap longstanding global trade deals are not protectionist and are more focused on winning better terms for American businesses, the top executive of United Parcel Service said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PwyRpTwXXAU/us-ups-ceo-trade-idUSKBN1AC2YV

‘What Happened’: Clinton memoir looks at 2016 election, Russia, sexism 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:53:49 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton’s memoir about her failed attempt to win last year’s U.S. presidential election will be called “What Happened,” a declaration rather than a question, her publisher said in the run-up to its September 12 release. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/KWbOs1wlq1c/us-usa-clinton-idUSKBN1AC2U4

House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:56:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/QZtiw8_lpJ8/us-usa-selfdriving-vehicles-idUSKBN1AC2K0

Where’s the lane? Self-driving cars confused by shabby U.S. roadways
Posted:Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:05:12 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/TG7ZS2aRjkc/us-autos-autonomous-infrastructure-insig-idUSKCN0WX131

Las Vegas gambler Walters gets five years prison for insider trading
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:32:40 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Famed Las Vegas sports gambler William “Billy” Walters was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, following his April conviction in one of the highest profile U.S. insider trading trials in years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/hWivnF02qd4/us-usa-insidertrading-walters-idUSKBN1AC2OM

Republican leaders announce end of border tax proposal 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:28:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican leaders announced an end to the House of Representatives Republican proposal to institute a border tax on items imported into the United States as part of a tax overhaul deal struck between congressional and administration negotiators. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/X-LZyTRKj98/us-usa-tax-idUSKBN1AC2WV

U.S. Justice Department says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:57:25 -0400
(Reuters) – The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/n50kVmOD4lI/us-usa-court-lgbt-idUSKBN1AC2DZ

Germany defends performance of crashed Tiger helicopter in Mali 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:55:40 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s defense ministry on Thursday defended the performance of its Tiger helicopters as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali amid indications that Wednesday’s deadly crash of one of the aircraft was due to technical factors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/0DzTwP9_K1Q/us-mali-un-crash-germany-idUSKBN1AC2YL

Top U.S. law officer, in El Salvador, welcomes gang arrests: Justice Department 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:53:37 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions welcomed action by prosecutors in El Salvador to charge 113 members of the violent MS-13 gang, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday as Sessions visited that country for talks on cracking down on international crime. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_QkKj_QZMdM/us-usa-crime-ms-idUSKBN1AC2YJ

Jordan’s king urges Israel to put guard on trial for killing Jordanians 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:21:09 -0400
AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah angrily demanded on Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put on trial an embassy security guard who shot dead two Jordanians, and said relations between the neighboring states were at risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/myG0cexsNGQ/us-jordan-israel-king-idUSKBN1AC2DB

Italy aims to deploy ships in Libyan waters by end-August 
Posted:Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:41:47 -0400
ROME (Reuters) – Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to combat human trafficking and stem a huge influx of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/FtaAeTKBlHQ/us-libya-security-italy-navy-idUSKBN1AC1PA

Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S. Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:49:16 -0400
(Reuters) – Fire crews gained ground on Tuesday against a nearly week-old wildfire that has torched more than two dozens buildings and charred hundreds of square miles of Montana prairie and is currently the biggest fire burning in the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gh1gLcKw0nQ/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN1AA1EJ

Wildfires prompt 10,000 evacuations on French Riviera 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:15:53 -0400
MARSEILLE (Reuters) – Firefighters evacuated thousands of campers and local residents after a wildfire broke out on France’s tourist-thronged Riviera coast overnight. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2W8pBYShh0w/us-france-wildfires-idUSKBN1AB0WK

Rescuers on war footing as flooding hits western, eastern India 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:27:27 -0400
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – Floods and relentless rain in India’s western state of Gujarat have killed at least 75 people and displaced over 25,000 over the past three weeks, officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jR17I_UX_PM/us-india-floods-idUSKBN1AB0RC

German conservative calls for phase-out of petrol and diesel 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:44:14 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany should soon start phasing out petrol and diesel, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) said as Britain announced it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/sdDk7hRIhLg/us-germany-diesel-idUSKBN1AB17G

EU top court rules against ArcerlorMittal carbon challenge 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:07:10 -0400
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled against steelmaker ArcelorMittal’s challenge against how the European Union allocates free carbon permits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DkCaCEKgBT8/us-europe-carbontrading-court-idUSKBN1AB15T

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:26:43 -0400
OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ubpefr4Smd8/us-climatechange-geoengineering-idUSKBN1AB0J3

Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040: minister 
Posted:Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:57:07 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/r5U3kEbfFg0/us-britain-autos-idUSKBN1AB0U5

California governor signs climate policy extension into law 
Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:07:09 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a package of bills intended to use market forces to cut greenhouse gas emissions, extending by a decade the state’s signature plan to combat climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FvEcWDXaaT0/us-california-carbon-idUSKBN1AA2MP

U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets 
Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:42:25 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it may revise auto fuel efficiency requirements starting with the 2021 model year, a year earlier than previously disclosed, and could adopt lower standards through 2025. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BeCEfh-aJxc/us-usa-automakers-emissions-idUSKBN1AA1KJ

VW executive charged in U.S. emissions probe to plead guilty: court 
Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:27:15 -0400
(Reuters) – A Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal plans to plead guilty on Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a court spokesman said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/a2phkyo1D5s/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN1AA1ZA

Japan PM revises when he knew about friend’s vet school application
Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:42:23 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend’s application to open a veterinary school at the center of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bLpOrXiLCKc/us-japan-politics-idUSKBN1AA0EK

Indonesia’s disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate 
Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:33:43 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jjUn7dM1Cqk/us-indonesia-environment-idUSKBN1AA0IJ

Paw power: China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road Posted:Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:25:51 -0400
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VaJxG9PIUn4/us-panda-green-power-idUSKBN1AA0C5

Montana blaze rages as California crews gain ground on wildfire 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:29:24 -0400
(Reuters) – The biggest U.S. wildfire torched buildings and parched grassland forcing evacuations in eastern Montana while California firefighters gained ground on a massive blaze near Yosemite National Park on Monday, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5fFd30-N5-E/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN1A92F0

State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:05:47 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/208CIKaUsC4/us-usa-trump-regulations-environment-idUSKBN1A92GQ

Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:36:11 -0400
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter’s Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rLN_KlZPrHg/us-italy-drought-vatican-idUSKBN1A92JB

Fires destroy 1,400 hectares of forest in southern France 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:37:40 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – Fires have destroyed some 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands in the south of France and the island of Corsica on Monday, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CzcyY9wD0oY/us-france-wildfires-idUSKBN1A92M0

Exclusive: Berry borer beetle damages Brazil’s coffee crop 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:53:59 -0400
NEW YORK/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Coffee growers in parts of Brazil are grappling with the worst beetle infestation in recent memory as a ban on a pesticide used for 40 years has helped the destructive insect flourish, threatening bean quality and yields. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6ru1KACP3Gg/us-brazil-coffee-pix-idUSKBN1A92JU

Home sweet home: islanders stay put even when the sea invades 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:08:07 -0400
OSLO (Reuters) – Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/sStc7p_pssI/us-climatechange-migration-idUSKBN1A91WB

ETP’s $4 billion Rover line hits another snag, this time in West Virginia Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:13:40 -0400
(Reuters) – Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover pipeline, the biggest natural gas pipeline under construction in the United States, received more bad news after West Virginia told the company to stop some work, citing environmental violations, regulators said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ev2jpRdNBf8/us-energy-transf-rover-natgas-idUSKBN1A91VT

Atlantic hurricane season in 2017 seen more active than normal 
Posted:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:52:44 -0400
(Reuters) – Most meteorologists project the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will have more named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes than normal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eiXpJ-Gj5TI/us-usa-hurricane-forecast-meteorologists-idUSKBN1A91TS

Sunday July 23, 2017 update

Reuters News Feed Selection from ca July 14-July 23

Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan
Posted:Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:22:28 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iRInEbQHVYo/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKBN1A808Y

Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa
Posted:Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:54:11 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ILQoOOqSP0I/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa-idUSKBN1A80DE

Trump talks pardons amid probes of Russia role in U.S. election 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:18:58 -0400
NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has “complete power to pardon,” as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/UENo4ZJM4gY/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN1A70FG

Trump talks pardons, lashes special counsel about Russia probe 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:49:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to complain about the special counsel investigating possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia while insisting that he, as president, has “complete power to pardon.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/UENo4ZJM4gY/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN1A70FG

NSA chief on Russia-U.S. cyber unit: Now is ‘not the best time’ Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:54:38 -0400
ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Saturday rebuffed the prospect for a U.S.-Russia cyber unit, a proposal which has been greeted with incredulity by several senior U.S. lawmakers and which President Donald Trump himself appeared to back down from after initially indicating interest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/WjnDN_Gv2eo/us-usa-russia-idUSKBN1A70PM

U.S. lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:06:27 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/nDs3l36MwDI/us-usa-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1A70L0

U.S. lawmakers reach deal on sanctions bill for Russia, Iran, North Korea Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:06:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and now also North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/nDs3l36MwDI/us-usa-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1A70L0

U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/CnWR0I4LFwc/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort-idUSKBN1A70F8

Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:07:34 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in ongoing U.S. investigations into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XCunLoFjMk4/us-usa-russia-diplomacy-idUSKBN1A70TF

Firefighters gain on California wildfire, some evacuees return 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:17:14 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Q5JGfCm5qK4/us-usa-wildfires-california-idUSKBN1A70SV

EU’s car regulator warns against car diesel ban in cities 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:14:38 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Banning diesel cars in European cities could hamper automakers’ ability to invest in zero-emission vehicles, the European Union’s commissioner for industry has warned the bloc’s transport ministers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KCoKvXObzhs/us-germany-emissions-eu-idUSKBN1A70G8

Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline 
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:06:26 -0400
ROME (Reuters) – Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vmkXCy3-75s/us-italy-drought-rome-idUSKBN1A70GE

Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:00 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8fjoAeTXHt0/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A61T6

U.S. national monument in Colorado to remain intact
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:57:33 -0400
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients archeological site is no longer on a list of more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration for possible reduction or elimination. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/G7qfa-QqEBI/us-usa-monuments-idUSKBN1A62TO

Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:29:15 -0400 NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump’s border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/pPAjTmedNCM/us-usa-trump-borderwall-environment-idUSKBN1A62OL

Trump’s new hire Scaramucci makes conciliatory debut with media 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:41:20 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If President Donald Trump, who refers to the media as “fake news,” wants his staff to use a more conciliatory approach with journalists, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci may be implementing such a shift – for now. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ww1Y0iLcgHA/us-usa-trump-scaramucci-idUSKBN1A702Y

Scaramucci awaits U.S. approval for China deal 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:41:20 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration’s new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uSsOVMDdvYw/us-usa-trump-scaramucci-hna-idUSKBN1A703H

White House spokesman Spicer out as Trump seeks to fix image 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:02:15 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a short and turbulent tenure that made him a household name and the butt of late-night television comedy lampoons, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump’s inner circle. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/a862l4pEi5g/us-usa-trump-spicer-idUSKBN1A6237

Russian envoy overheard saying he discussed campaign with Sessions: Post 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:40:13 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to Washington was overheard by U.S. spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing current and former U.S. officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/kD8A3VsJMEY/us-usa-trump-russia-sessions-idUSKBN1A62UD

Senate rule deals setback to Republican healthcare bill 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:47 -0400
(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Senate were dealt another blow in their effort to repeal Obamacare on Friday when the keeper of the Senate’s rules said certain provisions in their healthcare bill, such as defunding Planned Parenthood, could not be included. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5eIR4QyCeRw/us-usa-healthcare-rule-idUSKBN1A701D

Ex-CIA head says Trump remarks on Russia interference ‘disgraceful’ Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:33:45 -0400
ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – Former CIA director John Brennan on Friday criticized as “disgraceful” President Donald Trump’s efforts to play down U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ARC6dHlLIwQ/us-usa-security-intelligence-idUSKBN1A7025

Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:38:42 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia’s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/q-xcJdqgB4A/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-exclusive-idUSKBN1A61LZ

Man whose firm was behind Trump dossier won’t testify to Senate: lawyer 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:14:11 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump during the presidential campaign last year is on vacation and will not testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Russia probe next week, his lawyers said in a letter released on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/_yGV4DDbtic/us-usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSKBN1A62S4

Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:14:13 -0400 BERLIN (Reuters) – More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday, and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros’ worth of damage a year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~3/AWmE3L4dX04/us-germany-cyber-idUSKBN1A61RM

U.S. fines American, Delta, Frontier for consumer rule violations 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:55 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been fined for violating U.S. Transportation Department airline consumer protection rules, the department said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/6Tq-Sjtx_nk/us-usa-airlines-fines-idUSKBN1A62OY

Ford to petition to avoid U.S. recall of 2.5 million vehicles 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:17 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co will petition to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with Takata air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/MOm5XmP4C60/us-ford-takata-idUSKBN1A6207

GE shares fall as profit slumps, investors await new CEO’s targets 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:07:56 -0400
(Reuters) – General Electric Co’s shares dropped sharply on Friday after it posted a 59-percent decline in second-quarter profit and put off an expected cut to 2018 earnings targets until November, when new CEO John Flannery will be four months into his job. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/K1OxSurs4CM/us-ge-results-idUSKBN1A617Z

Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan to pay $148 million to end yen Libor cases in U.S. Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:27:54 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co have agreed to pay a combined $148 million to end private U.S. antitrust litigation claiming they conspired with other banks to manipulate the yen Libor and Euroyen Tibor benchmark interest rates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/1vIilrJRFHY/us-libor-yen-deutschebank-jpmorgan-idUSKBN1A7006

Wells Fargo ordered to pay $575,000, reinstate whistleblower 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:26:18 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday ordered Wells Fargo & Co to pay $575,000 and to rehire a whistleblower the bank had dismissed in September 2011 after the former employee raised concerns over the opening of customer accounts without their knowledge, the agency said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/xfF_yqPzO00/us-wells-fargo-accounts-whistleblower-idUSKBN1A62AV

India to quiz Philip Morris on marketing of Marlboro 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:33:44 -0400
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India plans to seek an explanation from Philip Morris International Inc about its marketing practices after Reuters reported that the tobacco giant used tactics that government officials say flout the country’s law, a health ministry official said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Reu-3rZf9nQ/us-pmi-india-government-idUSKBN1A62E6

Exclusive: U.S. weighs financial sanctions to hit Venezuela’s oil revenue – sources Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:36:04 -0400
HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering financial sanctions on Venezuela that would halt dollar payments for the country’s oil, according to a senior White House official and an adviser with direct knowledge of the discussions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/VQ5nvVVpLRU/us-venezuela-sanctions-idUSKBN1A7013

UPDATE 2-Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:28:18 -0400
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/M6OP2hI9fbU/usa-trump-defense-idUSL1N1KC0TT

UPDATE 1-U.S. financial regulators to discuss MetLife lawsuit next week 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:23:12 -0400
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – Heads of the U.S. financial regulatory agencies will meet behind closed doors next Friday to discuss MetLife Inc’s lawsuit against them, according to a notice from Treasury, as the Trump administration wrestles with reforms put in place in response to the financial crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/TjWXQV9lN6c/usa-fsoc-idUSL1N1KC1OW

Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:42 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia’s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/q-xcJdqgB4A/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-exclusive-idUSKBN1A61LZ

Trump’s legal team weighs how to curtail special counsel: reports 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:21:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyers are reviewing ways to limit or undermine the special counsel investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including by examining the backgrounds of the investigators, according to newspaper reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8fjoAeTXHt0/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A61T6

Trump’s legal team spokesman resigns amid reported shake-up Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:47:18 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s outside legal team spokesman has resigned amid media reports the team is being reorganized as investigations continue into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GWlpqvStsiE/us-usa-trump-russia-legalteam-idUSKBN1A6169

Senate Republicans complain of chaos in healthcare effort 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:37:55 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5HI_hUZ52kI/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A52L4

Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:13:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday brushed off sharp criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, saying he loved his job and planned to continue serving. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/CrEM2VV6GOQ/us-usa-trump-sessions-idUSKBN1A51X7

Judge refuses to remove block on Trump sanctuary city order 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:02:18 -0400
(Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to revisit a court order that blocks President Donald Trump’s administration from carrying out a policy designed to threaten the granting of federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/iDBPm3moHv0/us-usa-immigration-ruling-idUSKBN1A531K

McCain illness deprives Senate of crucial vote, Trump critic 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:52:34 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If John McCain’s illness requires a long absence from the U.S. Senate, his colleagues will be deprived of a dealmaker and leading voice on national security, while America’s allies will lose one of the few Republican critics of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/JrL1aTfe6Hk/us-usa-johnmccain-policy-idUSKBN1A531T

Wall St. retreats from record levels as GE disappoints 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:15:28 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes were lower in late morning trading and pulled back from record levels as weak earnings from industrial heavyweight General Electric weighed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/j5touPuqcT0/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN1A619Q

FTC probing allegations of Amazon’s deceptive discounting 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:51:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As part of its review of Amazon’s agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Nkn6PQJr7nk/us-whole-foods-m-a-amazon-ftc-idUSKBN1A52R5

GE shares fall as profit slumps, investors await new CEO’s targets 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:25:43 -0400
(Reuters) – General Electric Co’s shares dropped sharply on Friday after it posted a 59-percent decline in second-quarter profit and put off an expected cut to 2018 earnings targets until November, when new CEO John Flannery will be four months into his job. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/K1OxSurs4CM/us-ge-results-idUSKBN1A617Z

Court blocks $18 billion British class action against MasterCard 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:51:59 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – A 14 billion pound ($18 billion) class action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked by a British court on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/3nocpLZ24Sw/us-mastercard-court-fees-idUSKBN1A61DJ

Global pizza brands battle for Russia’s far-flung regions 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:17:52 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Global pizza brands Domino’s and Papa John’s are preparing an assault on Russia’s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments become more widespread and consumers get to know foreign brands better. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/H159n1pEjEM/us-russia-pizzas-idUSKBN1A61XE

Bank of America picks Dublin as EU base after Brexit 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:26 -0400
LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Bank of America on Friday became the first Wall Street lender to pick Dublin as its new base for its European Union operations as Britain prepares to leave the bloc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/NT-S1yl12Zs/us-britain-eu-bank-of-america-idUSKBN1A61NL

Crimean scandal prompts Siemens to retreat from Russian energy 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:56:53 -0400
FRANKFURT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Germany’s Siemens tried to distance itself from a Crimean sanctions scandal on Friday, halting deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and reviewing supply deals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/emhrHf5B5EY/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-siemens-idUSKBN1A60I4

German carmakers may have colluded on diesel systems: Spiegel Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:03:42 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s carmakers VW , BMW, Audi, Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems using industry committees, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/gQmYXaIkXn0/us-germany-emissions-cartel-idUSKBN1A61G9

Freeport Indonesia mine workers extend strike for fourth month 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:39:24 -0400
JAKARTA/TORONTO (Reuters) – An estimated 5,000 workers at the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s Indonesian unit will extend their strike for a fourth month, a union official said on Friday, in an ongoing dispute over layoffs and employment terms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/P2keKjfYdT4/us-freeport-mcmoran-indonesia-strike-idUSKBN1A61VJ

After false dawn, Big Oil to double down on cost cuts 
Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:31:52 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – After a brief respite at the start of the year, the world’s top oil and gas companies are set to double down on cost cutting as a recovery in crude prices after a three-year slump falters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/hxVRFMwP03s/us-oil-preview-idUSKBN1A61UT

Trump weighing Scaramucci for White House communications director 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:20:18 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is considering appointing Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time supporter, to be his White House communications director, a senior White House official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/STZt7Q6fQl8/us-usa-trump-scaramucci-idUSKBN1A608M

Trump picks former U.N. spokesman Grenell for ambassador to Germany 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:41:48 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has picked former U.N. spokesman Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany, a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gaNh0NtJb5E/us-usa-trump-germany-idUSKBN1A604Z

Latest Senate healthcare bill would leave 22 millio without insurance: CBO 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:06:00 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest version of Senate Republicans’ legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance coverage by 2026, the U.S. Congressional Budget office said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8giFdF_fdog/us-usa-healthcare-cbo-idUSKBN1A52AG

Baltics need anti-aircraft protection against Russia, Lithuania says
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:29:07 -0400
SIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania (Reuters) – NATO should permanently deploy anti-aircraft weapons in the Baltics to deter Russia, Lithuania’s president said on Thursday as the United States put Patriot missiles on display after including them in an exercise in the region for the first time. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/32G7h6RoxKM/us-usa-baltics-patriot-idUSKBN1A51VC

Moscow says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:36:52 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OsmMx0xj0Lo/us-russia-us-cyber-envoy-idUSKBN1A51MM

U.S. to deploy officials in Qatar in counter-terrorism accord: sources
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:01:23 -0400
DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States will post officials at the Qatari state prosecutor’s office as part of a Qatari-U.S. agreement signed this month to fight the financing of terrorism, people familiar with the matter said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/IBzoqhDming/us-gulf-qatar-usa-idUSKBN1A51ZD

On Israel’s Syria front, aid turns into hearts-and-minds drive
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:36:10 -0400
GOOD NEIGHBOUR ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER, Golan Heights (Reuters) – Israel has shifted from low-key humanitarian aid for Syrian civil war victims into a hearts-and-minds campaign billed as fostering new friends across a frontier that has been hostile for decades.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xQTYKBKERLA/us-mideast-crisis-israel-syria-idUSKBN1A51WM

One in eight people who voted for Trump having second thoughts – Reuters/Ipsos poll
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:27:59 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5SELV91pPdw/us-usa-trump-poll-idUSKBN1A5127

U.S. Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:18:27 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday brushed off sharp criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, saying he loved his job and planned to continue serving. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/CrEM2VV6GOQ/us-usa-trump-sessions-idUSKBN1A51X7

Senate panel approves Wray’s nomination as FBI director 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:16:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the nomination of Christopher Wray to be FBI director following the dismissal of the agency’s former chief, James Comey, by President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/UdQR-5bmwag/us-usa-fbi-wray-idUSKBN1A51UV

White House makes broad deregulatory push Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:18:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said Thursday it had withdrawn or removed from active consideration more than 800 proposed regulations that were never finalized during the Obama administration as it works to shrink the federal government’s regulatory footprint. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NBrxoH8fTjo/us-usa-trump-regulation-idUSKBN1A51O1

Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new healthcare plan Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:13:46 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans struggling to agree on healthcare legislation to overhaul Obamacare obeyed U.S. President Donald Trump’s orders to try to swiftly reach a deal but were unable to resolve their differences in a long, late-night meeting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Ajn1cC5ENGM/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A40UX

Inside Trump’s last-gasp effort to save Senate healthcare overhaul Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:24:53 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dining on rib-eye steak and peach cobbler with a group of senators, President Donald Trump was cautiously optimistic that Republican efforts to overhaul Obamacare were in good shape. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/M5rSDFve6xs/us-usa-healthcare-trump-push-idUSKBN1A5078

Supporters to Senator McCain: fight on Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:25:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – News that U.S. Senator John McCain has brain cancer triggered a wave of support on Thursday from across the political spectrum for the often outspoken former Republican presidential candidate who survived five years captivity as a U.S. Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Rc_zsO3S2fo/us-usa-johnmccain-idUSKBN1A5015

Moscow says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA 
Posted:Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:36:52 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/7ih9Ur08yv8/us-russia-us-cyber-envoy-idUSKBN1A51MM

Trump’s son, close associates to appear before Senate Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:06:59 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have been asked to appear before U.S. Senate committees next week to answer questions about the campaign’s alleged connections to Russia, officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/4Vcn1NbxNs0/us-usa-trump-russia-judiciary-idUSKBN1A42LW

House panel approves budget measure that advances tax reform 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:49:37 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives took a new step toward tax reform legislation on Wednesday by approving a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would allow the Senate to pass a sweeping tax code overhaul without Democratic support. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/BjnZPUsCmWw/us-usa-congress-tax-idUSKBN1A507X

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits on Japan’s Honshu: PTWC 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:27:07 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Thursday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/xlWs30kCFTs/us-japan-quake-ptwc-idUSKBN1A502E

California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. West Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:14 -0400
MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) – A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_b9DcOK7XQg/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN1A40WB

State of emergency in British Columbia extended as wildfires rage 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:24:23 -0400
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – British Columbia’s government took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of extending a state of emergency by two weeks as it battled 140 wildfires that have forced about 45,000 people from their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uYSdZYW0aTg/us-canada-wildfire-britishcolumbia-idUSKBN1A42AS

MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:35:41 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/a9oH7grY75s/us-malaysia-airlines-mh370-mapping-idUSKBN1A407W

Abidjan waterside boom spurs new demand: crocodile removal 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:25:45 -0400
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – “It’s not my first time,” fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/is0vACUquDY/us-ivorycoast-crocodiles-idUSKBN1A418K

France launches field-to-fork food debates 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:39:31 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – France, widely seen as a country synonymous with good food, will launch on Thursday a wide set of debates on the sector ranging from field to fork and aimed at improving farm incomes and the industry’s environmental record. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/9q-Y_5k41Zg/us-france-politics-food-idUSKBN1A42M9

Beijing aims to curb city’s use of coal by 2020 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:29:51 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s capital city Beijing is aiming to cut its coal consumption to below 5 million tonnes by 2020 and limit the use of coal in smog-prone areas, a document issued by the Beijing Municipal Government showed on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lX6RH4hcb8w/us-china-coal-idUSKBN1A406R

One wildfire-hit community in Western Canada able to return home 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:58:24 -0400
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Residents of one British Columbia town would be allowed to return home on Tuesday as wildfires that forced them to flee 11 days ago receded in parts of the Western Canadian province, emergency officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/p5LmCMhuL8g/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKBN1A32H7

People swim in streets of flooded Istanbul, heavy rain briefly shuts Bosphorus oil routes Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:37:11 -0400
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – People had to swim to safety in the flooded streets of Istanbul on Tuesday after heavy rain and storms brought chaos to Turkey’s largest city and caused shipping traffic on oil and grain routes through the Bosphorus Strait to be suspended for some hours. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RgfYNmV5FvY/us-turkey-shipping-bosphorus-idUSKBN1A316A

Flash floods force evacuations from British coastal town 
Posted:Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:14:33 -0400
(Reuters) – A person trapped in their home by rising flood waters was lifted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after flash floods caused chaos in the Cornish town of Coverack on England’s south west coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eqD5-PC5HCA/us-britain-weather-rescue-idUSKBN1A41JI

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:19:56 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/g78V9lP37A0/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A31VZ

Trump says Iran complying with nuclear deal but remains dangerous threat
Posted:Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:45:10 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was in default of the spirit of the accord and that Washington would look for ways to strengthen it.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/fGVQyor4klg/us-iran-nuclear-usa-idUSKBN1A306P

Ex-U.S. House Speaker Hastert released from Minnesota prison
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:19:42 -0400
(Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and moved to a Chicago halfway house after serving a 13-month sentence for a financial crime tied to sex abuse, federal records showed on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/C0F1-BQ_DME/us-crime-hastert-idUSKBN1A31KA

U.S. appeals court upholds gag orders on FBI data surveillance
Posted:Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:54:52 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firms, a ruling that dealt a blow to privacy advocates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Hsa5_a9rdrc/us-usa-surveillance-idUSKBN1A21XJ

U.S. Senate Republicans set repeal vote as healthcare overhaul sinks
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:31:34 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans will vote on a straight repeal of Obamacare after efforts to overhaul the law collapsed, rattling financial markets on Tuesday and clouding the path forward for President Donald Trump’s other domestic policy goals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/illKwfMbbSg/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A228B

U.S. House Republican 2018 budget ties tax reform to spending cuts
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:43:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a fiscal 2018 budget plan on Tuesday that could pose a major new political test for President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda by combining tax reform with controversial spending cuts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/dNPlDbFUaHg/us-usa-congress-budget-idUSKBN1A30RD

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:00:06 -0400
Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) – Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/6spO-z1x4p4/us-usa-healthcare-rural-idUSKBN1A30C5

Goldman’s bond trading revenue slumps 40 percent
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:24:44 -0400
(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported a 40 percent drop in bond trading revenue during its second-quarter earnings, mirroring a broader weakness in trading activity that has plagued big U.S. banks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/IuNMbFeAMQw/us-goldman-sachs-results-idUSKBN1A3160

North Korea lacks capacity to hit U.S. with accuracy: U.S. general
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:11 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea does not have the ability to strike the United States with “any degree of accuracy” and while its missiles have the range, they lack the necessary guidance capability, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/9xf-XF7ifCE/us-usa-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1A31JK

U.S. targets Iran with new sanctions over missile program
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:14:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions and said it was deeply concerned about its “malign activities across the Middle East.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/Osm4wB8goio/us-iran-nuclear-usa-idUSKBN1A31GQ

Mitch McConnell: ‘The man in the middle’ of U.S. healthcare war 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:44:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For seven years, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell vowed to slay Obamacare if only his Republican Party controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Pull it out “root and branch,” he pledged. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/JM2qjRw_atY/us-usa-healthcare-mcconnell-analysis-idUSKBN1A32BL

Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russia ambassador: White House 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:27:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former Democratic President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Russia, the White House said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/36ViGFFQTPw/us-usa-trump-russia-huntsman-idUSKBN1A32F1

Trump seeks crackdown on ‘Made in America’ fakes 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:42:38 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting the “Made in America” label, the White House said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hJhdwjlfXKA/us-usa-trade-counterfeit-idUSKBN1A32LF

Trump to nominate former Senate aide Peirce for SEC commissioner 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:15:57 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate former Senate Republican aide Hester Maria Peirce to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the White House said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/rTpE0jN2PWs/us-usa-trump-sec-peirce-idUSKBN1A32KQ

As Obamacare repeal falters, insurers start to press on subsidies 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:28:28 -0400
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A failed Republican effort to replace Obamacare raised new concerns on Tuesday for U.S. health insurers over whether the government will continue to fund billions of dollars in medical benefit subsidies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/pLo2Kj6Rf1I/us-usa-healthcare-insurers-idUSKBN1A32HT

After healthcare failure, Republicans face similar divisions on tax reform Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:07:49 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress unveiled a fiscal 2018 budget plan as a first step to major U.S. tax reform on Tuesday, only to face the same divisions between conservatives and moderates that helped killed their efforts to replace Obamacare. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/dNPlDbFUaHg/us-usa-congress-budget-idUSKBN1A30RD

California lawmakers approve landmark extension to climate policy 
Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:52:29 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state’s signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/f5DtvuE_z54/us-california-carbon-idUSKBN1A224Z

Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:13:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc’s Google , Apple Inc and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad U.S. internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data, according to sources familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8n2Sg0wflfc/us-usa-intelligence-idUSKBN1A32B3

Republican push to end Obamacare collapses in Senate Posted:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:26:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican efforts to overhaul or repeal Obamacare collapsed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a sharp setback to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s seven-year quest to kill former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/illKwfMbbSg/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A228B

U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son’s meeting
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:41:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/G-gdWJfLDC4/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A10Q9

Trump lawyer defends Don Jr. meeting, says Secret Service allowed it Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:56:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers defended a meeting that the president’s son had with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, suggesting the fact that the Secret Service allowed the meeting showed it was not “nefarious.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/G-gdWJfLDC4/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A10Q9

Eight to 10 Republicans have concerns on U.S. healthcare bill: senator 
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:05:44 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hSd9qTcNOjI/us-usa-healthcare-collins-idUSKBN1A10LH

Senator McCain’s daughter says went for hike with father
Posted:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:33:18 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, went on a hike with his daughter on Saturday, according to a tweet from Meghan McCain.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Cf4L1zUv2Nk/us-usa-johnmccain-daughter-idUSKBN1A70RJ

Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgery 
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:46:53 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Z-MhNZXSpwk/us-usa-congress-mccain-idUSKBN1A100H

Trump campaign paid lawyer now representing son $50,000 in June 
Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:44:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s campaign paid $50,000 to the law office now representing Donald Trump Jr. a little more than a week before news surfaced of an unreported meeting with a Russian attorney that has prompted new accusations of collusion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/X_sSMZcAnOY/us-usa-trump-russia-son-idUSKBN1A00QZ

Trump picks lawyer Ty Cobb to handle Russia probe 
Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:11:57 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a statement on Saturday that veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb will serve as special counsel, and sources familiar with the hiring said Cobb would handle the White House’s response to Russia-related investigations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/K2sPzYAJqhg/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-idUSKBN1A00O1

Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:45:43 -0400
SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention center left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Hz7KySh_14c/us-usa-trump-australia-exclusive-idUSKBN1A00EG

Russian-American lobbyist met with Trump Jr., Russian lawyer: NBC News
Posted:Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:09:58 -0400
(Reuters) – A lobbyist who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer participated last year in a meeting with senior aides to U.S. President Donald Trump, including his eldest son, and a Russian lawyer, NBC News reported on Friday, adding to allegations of possible connections between Moscow and the November election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uMe7e13taDM/us-usa-trump-russia-agent-idUSKBN19Z189

Thousands of Illinois homes swamped by flood waters as rivers keep rising Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:12:34 -0400 (Reuters) – Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/S1owbwC-1lI/us-illinois-floods-idUSKBN1A00PA

China rescues 49 tourists stranded on island by typhoon 
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:17:02 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – Forty-nine tourists stranded on an island off the coast of China’s southern Guangdong province have been picked up and taken to safety as Typhoon Talas approaches, authorities said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RcHOhMuFNtw/us-china-weather-typhoon-idUSKBN1A10FF

Croatia, Montenegro fighting forest fires along Adriatic coast 
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:06:56 -0400
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatian and Montenegrin firefighters were tackling several forest fires along the Adriatic coast on Sunday, some of which forced people to evacuate their homes, local media reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Dpgh-ipEqQ4/us-croatia-wildfire-idUSKBN1A10LS

Housing fire in eastern China kills 22, injures three: Xinhua 
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:04:28 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 22 people were killed when a two-storey residential building in China’s eastern Jiangsu province caught fire on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency cited local authorities as saying. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zLoxxHYJyW4/us-china-fire-idUSKBN1A106L

Huge California wildfire spreads overnight as crews dig in Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:38:52 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters battled on Saturday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that has not burned in decades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/PsK5noB-qJU/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN1A00SF

Trump may reverse decision on climate accord, France’s Macron says: JDD 
Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:59:17 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump would reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5J831fTbF8A/us-france-usa-climatechange-idUSKBN1A00TL

Germany eyes effective emission control from diesel cars Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:12:39 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany is considering “effective measures” to cut pollution from diesel engines, the transport ministry said on Saturday, reacting to a media report saying planned goals were unambitious. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RM-R2SF30bQ/us-germany-emissions-idUSKBN1A00H4

France must define possible scenarios to reduce nuclear: minister Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:09:56 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – France should define a clear roadmap to fulfill its pledge to cut the share of nuclear power in its electricity generation to 50 percent by 2025, French ecology minister said in an interview in the Sunday edition of regional daily Ouest-France. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OEpKuGEDxvA/us-france-power-nuclearpower-idUSKBN1A00SC

Quake measuring 5.9 strikes off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island 
Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:16:17 -0400
(Reuters) – A quake measuring 5.9 struck just off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Saturday evening, the United States Geological Survey said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rqrH_0fZ2BQ/us-indonesia-quake-idUSKBN1A00E5

Animal first: wild lioness photographed nursing leopard cub Posted:Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:53:47 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Scientists long assumed lions were hard-wired to kill leopards on sight, until a wild lioness was caught on camera this week nursing a leopard cub. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RqiLRYyzuyM/us-wildlife-lion-leopard-idUSKBN19Z1TD

UAE wants international monitoring of Qatar
Posted:Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:04:22 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said international monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha “was working”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/UQhuHAadb5o/us-gulf-qatar-emirates-idUSKBN1A2001

Thousands of Illinois homes swamped by flood waters as rivers keep rising Posted:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:12:34 -0400 (Reuters) – Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/S1owbwC-1lI/us-illinois-floods-idUSKBN1A00PA